cor·​o·​nary | \ ˈkȯr-ə-ˌner-ē How to pronounce coronary (audio) , ˈkär-, -ˌne-rē \

Definition of coronary

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, resembling, or being a crown or coronal
2 : of, relating to, or being the coronary arteries or veins of the heart broadly : of or relating to the heart


plural coronaries

Definition of coronary (Entry 2 of 2)

Examples of coronary in a Sentence

Noun I almost had a coronary when I heard the news.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Evan MacDonald reports that patients experience symptoms similar to a heart attack, but usually do not have acutely blocked coronary arteries. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Ohio adds six counties to red-alert status, with mask mandate: The Wake Up for Friday, July 10, 2020," 10 July 2020 Between March 1 and April 30, cardiologists saw 258 patients with acute coronary syndrome, and of those, 7.8 percent had broken heart syndrome, compared to 1.7 percent prior to the pandemic. Julie Mazziotta,, "Cases of ‘Broken Heart Syndrome’ Have Increased During the Coronavirus Pandemic, Study Finds," 9 July 2020 For the study, cardiologists at the Cleveland and downtown Akron campuses looked at 258 patients coming in with heart symptoms known as acute coronary syndrome and compared them with four control groups before the pandemic. Betty Lin-fisher, USA TODAY, "Stress from coronavirus pandemic can lead to 'broken heart syndrome,' study finds," 9 July 2020 In some cases, kids have life-threatening aneurysms that threaten to burst the coronary arteries, the delicate vessels that supply blood to the heart. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, "Paging Dr. Hamblin: What Is the Coronavirus Doing to Kids?," 1 July 2020 The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office determined Turecek's cause of death was hypothermia, but hypertension, coronary artherosclerosis, chronic renal failure and obesity were listed as contributing factors. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A veteran, proud father and hot dog vendor: Wife remembers husband who died of hypothermia in Glendale," 19 Feb. 2020 The screening test is a five-minute CT-scan used to determine a patient’s coronary calcium score. Ginger Christ, cleveland, "Cleveland hospitals ‘get to the heart’ of new cardiac health innovations," 16 Feb. 2020 Many are people 60 and over and who had some type of previous illness or coronary problem. Editors, USA TODAY, "Trump delivers post-impeachment remarks, NBA trade deadline, coronavirus outbreak: 5 things to know Thursday," 6 Feb. 2020 An autopsy later revealed a coronary arrhythmia was the cause of his death. Alicia Lee, CNN, "Nearly five years after Sheryl Sandberg lost her husband, the Facebook COO is engaged," 3 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Alp family tree was a stump mutilated by cancer and coronaries. Colin Barrett, Harper's magazine, "The Alps," 22 July 2019 If church brethren found Monty Python's Life of Brian objectionable, this newest stab will cause coronaries. Robert Osborne, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Monty Python's The Meaning of Life': THR's 1983 Review," 31 Mar. 2018 One of the few people who can definitively answer that question is John Wildey, an English retiree who, in the fall of 2013, was riding shotgun in a two-place Cessna when his friend succumbed to a massive coronary. Jeff Wise, Popular Mechanics, "Death and Daring at 1,500 Feet," 7 Mar. 2018 To wit: This past weekend a 55-year-old childhood friend of my husband’s died suddenly and unexpectedly from a massive coronary, leaving everyone around him stunned. Sari Botton, Longreads, "Fast or Slow: What’s the Best Way to Die?," 12 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of coronary


1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1893, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for coronary


borrowed from New Latin corōnārius "of a crown, encircling a body organ like a crown," going back to Latin, "of garlands or wreaths," from corōna "garland, wreath worn on the head as a mark of honor or emblem of majesty" + -ārius -ary entry 2 — more at crown entry 1

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19 Jul 2020

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“Coronary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of coronary

: of or relating to the heart and especially to the vessels that supply blood to the heart


cor·​o·​nary | \ ˈkȯr-ə-ˌner-ē How to pronounce coronary (audio) \

Kids Definition of coronary

: of or relating to the heart or its blood vessels a coronary artery


cor·​o·​nary | \ ˈkȯr-ə-ˌner-ē, ˈkär- How to pronounce coronary (audio) \

Medical Definition of coronary

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : resembling a crown or circlet : encircling another part
2a : of, relating to, affecting, or being the coronary arteries or veins of the heart coronary sclerosis broadly : of or relating to the heart
b : of, relating to, or affected with coronary heart disease a coronary care unit a diet for the young coronary male


plural coronaries

Medical Definition of coronary (Entry 2 of 2)

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